Pompano Beach Man Dead Following Collision With Brightline Train at Dixie Highway Railroad Crossing; Pronounced On Scene, Homicide Investigating

According to the Broward’s Sheriff’s Office, Broward’s deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to a Brightline train and vehicle crash at the railroad crossing at Northeast 3rd Street and Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach. File photo.

POMPANO BEACH, FL – Broward Sheriff’s Office traffic homicide detectives are investigating Tuesday’s fatal crash in Pompano Beach involving a Brightline train and a vehicle. 

According to the Broward’s Sheriff’s Office, at approximately 10:12 a.m. Feb. 18, Broward’s deputies and Pompano Beach Fire Rescue responded to a Brightline train and vehicle crash at the railroad crossing at Northeast 3rd Street and Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach. The report indicates that a 2003 Toyota Corolla Hatchback was traveling southbound on Dixie Highway when the driver turned left onto Northeast 3rd Street into the path of the Brightline train traveling southbound on the nearest west track, just east of Dixie Highway. 

The Corolla caught on fire following the impact. The Brightline train, with the vehicle attached, continued south coming to a final rest at Southwest 2nd Street and Dixie Highway, approximately 1500 feet south of the area of collision. The driver of the vehicle, Willie Louis Mitchell, was pronounced deceased on scene. The traffic homicide investigation is ongoing.

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